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Car buyers making snap decisions

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Car shoppers are making quick decisions when they buy a car, according to new research from AutoTrader.com. A survey conducted by the new- and used-car site found that 49 percent of car shoppers need 30 minutes or less to thoroughly test drive a car. Further, 44 percent feel they only need one test drive before making a decision to buy.

Nearly two-thirds of car shoppers surveyed take one other person with them on the test drive, though men were far more likely to go alone at 44 percent, while just 14 percent of women were likely to take a solo test drive.

To learn how to effectively test drive before buying a car and get other tips to ensure a good deal, read "10 tips for buying the right car in 2013."

Do you think one test drive is enough to make a car-buying decision?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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